Creating Gainful Employment through AgriTrade
MBARE, Zimbabwe – It used to be that 36-year-old Learnmore Tonderayi Gosho) of Mbare, a high-density suburb of Harare, would spend most of his days loafing around. A failed venture at running a minibus had left him with very few options. Hanging out with fellow unemployed men and youths in the neighborhood, he longed for something to do. He needed an occupation that would bring both income and respect to him as a family man with a wife and three children.
Learnmore Tonderayi Gosho has created gainful employment for himself through the AgriTrade credit facility.
Learnmore first heard of AgriTrade in September 2011, and qualified for a loan of $1,500 from the credit facility. He is now buying and selling maize and has smaller sidelines dealing in sorghum, millet, and nuts. “My new life entails leaving home at 5 am and returning around 7 pm every day during the week. My neighbors do not see me anymore, as I am now always occupied,” Gosho said.
Gosho procures produce from communal farmers in Murewa, Uzumba, Shamva, and other areas of surplus, which he then sells via the capital of Harare to companies and markets. With the $1,500 loan, Gosho procured 58 tons of maize, 2 tons of nuts, and 100 kg of sorghum and millet. The total value of the procurement was $9,490 — more than six times the value of the loan. From the profit, Gosho bought a three-ton truck to help with transporting the produce.
The standard of living in his household has also improved. “My children used to watch other people’s children eat food during break time at school, while they did not have any of their own. Now I am able to provide food for them to take to school,” Gosho said.
Gosho has also started a chicken-rearing project. Currently with 300 birds, he hopes to make this a long-term venture. “My future is looking very bright. Loafing around is now a thing of the past, thanks to AgriTrade,” he said.
AgriTrade is part of Zim-AIED, which is funded by USAID and implemented by Fintrac; IRD manages AgriTrade under a subcontract to Fintrac.